As Democratic leaders tentatively took impeachment proceedings off the docket this week, the White House put payback on the front burner — calling for closer looks into everyone from the FBI officials who investigated the Russia case to allies of Hillary Clinton’s campaign who solicited foreign help during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“All those things have to be explored and more,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.
On social media and in televised interviews, President Trump, his attorneys, his campaign and senior members of his administration have in the wake of the Robert Mueller report seemingly adopted a strategy of highlighting lesser-known episodes of alleged misconduct by Democrats and investigators, as Democrats pursue obstruction of justice inquiries.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway led the charge on Monday, openly wondering on Twitter why former FBI Director James Comey focused so heavily on the lurid and salacious claims in a largely discredited anti-Trump dossier.
“Comey, then-FBI Director, waited 2 months after @realDonaldTrump was elected to pay a visit & brief the President-elect,” Conway wrote. “While there, he wasted his time on this golden-shower-nonsense-concocted-dossier. Could have been honest about Obama ignoring Russian interference instead.”
Comey, then-FBI Director, waited 2 months after @realDonaldTrump was elected to pay a visit & brief the President-elect. While there, he wasted his time on this golden-shower-nonsense-concocted-dossier. Could have been honest about Obama ignoring Russian interference instead. https://t.co/LqmvGs9okB
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 22, 2019
“Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!” Trump also tweeted.
The FBI is currently being sued by conservative group Judicial Watch, after the bureau failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning contacts in late 2016 between the then-FBI general counsel and a top Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer, as well as contacts between the FBI and the author of the dossier.
Comey briefed Trump on the salacious contents of the dossier in January 2017, ostensibly to make him aware of potential blackmail threats, Comey later testified. That confidential meeting later leaked, and CNN cited the fact that intelligence officials had briefed Trump on the dossier as a justification for airing the story, even though the dossier’s claims were unverified.
Comey told lawmakers that then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper, an Obama appointee, came up with the idea to brief Trump on the dossier’s contents.
@Greg: Judge Napolitano’s legal opinions have been crushed so often he is difficult to take seriously. Why do you think just because a talking head appears on Fox he is an authority?
@kitt: How would Greg know what happens on FOX. This reference was forwarded by those who provide him with every word he writes here. He lacks he capacity to reason.
Lets not be like them denigrating their intelligence or calling names: Nazi, Fascist, Mind-numbed robots. That’s what they do when they have no further argument. Greg is clearly intelligent and has hung in long enough to show that he writes his own statements (actually believes it) he is simply wrong on every issue.
We win with the truth not personal attacks.
@Kelly Mayer: I am not sure about your statement. Greg fails to understand the difference between fact and opinion. We have had many discussions and he just does not get it. He keeps spouting the talking points from his ideology.
Oh, he sees it; it just doesn’t matter. The ends justifies the means.
Judge Napolitano’s written article says no such thing. Also, Comey’s own testimony contradicts the accusation that Trump “pressured” him to drop the case against Gen. Flynn (of which there was none) and it was Rosenstein’s recommendation (as well as the IG’s findings) that Comey should be fired. You must remember, there are RECORDS of all this stuff.
@Deplorable Me: If the Judge doesn’t have something to say, they would not have a place for him on FOX. He was the first to talk about MI6 or British spy involvement in the dossier. He was banned from FOX for a few weeks until his statements were confirmed.